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Provo, Utah (August 10, 2004) - On the first major
ascent of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's
veteran climber Dominique Perras made clear that he belongs among the race's
elite contenders as he finished 10th in the stage and moved up to 8th overall.
After watching some early attacks on the lower slopes of the nearly 20-mile
climb to the 9,345-foot summit of the Mt. Nebo loop, Perras opted to stay
with a group that included race leader Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) and
stage winner Scott Moninger (Health Net-Maxxis).
"Then Moninger attacked three times and I followed
him," Perras recounted, "and the fourth time he went I was in the red, and
Chris Wherry, Cesar Grajales, and Jeff Louder caught me.
Dominique Perras on Mt. Nebo
"Then Louder jumped across to the leaders [Moninger and Navigators' Burke
Swindlehurst and Glen Chadwick] and we picked up a few guys who attacked
earlier on the climb."
Nearing the top of the climb, Perras' group included Wherry, Navigators'
Grajales and Phil Zajicek, Jonathan Garcia (Team Einstein's) and David Rodriguez
After an attack by Rodriguez with 3 kilomters to go, Perras followed and
was clear of the group, but - with the finish line coming unexpectedly after
a short descent - he was caught just before the line.
Now sitting behind two Health Net-Maxxis riders (Louder and Moninger), two
Navigators (Chadwick and Swindlehurst), Toyota-United's Wherry, and two
more Navigators (Grajales and Sergey Lagutin), Perras is comfortable with
his overall position with two stages to go.
"I'm in a perfect spot to hopefully take advantage of infighting between
Health Net, Navigators, and Toyota-United," noted the former Canadian national
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Jesse Anthony, who started the day once
again the KOM leader's jersey that he earned on the first stage, rode within
himself on the climb and finished 18th on the stage, moving up to 16th overall.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues tomorrow with a tough 42-mile
circuit race in downtown Salt Lake City followed by the 85-mile Snowbird
Road Race with 12,000 feet of climbing.